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Secret Invasion #7, Marvel’s penultimate issue of their universe spanning Skull invasion was released today.  The issue was written by Brian Michael Bendis with pencils by Leinil Francis Yu.

Marvel Comics’ official description: “THIS IS IT!! The Marvel Universe versus the Skrull Empire – a battle of unity and spirit the likes of which the Earth has never seen. The comic event of the year starts its shocking conclusion.”

Personally, I’m waiting for the story in trade paperback.  After Civil War, I soured on waiting for months between cliffhanger issues and would prefer to read it all together.

Posted on October 23rd, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Amazing Spider-Man #573 hits stores today and features the final chapter of “New Ways To Die”, along with a special 8 page story with Stephen Colbert.

Marvel’s official description: Some jobs a man just has to do with his own two hands! For the first time in a loooong time, it’s the one, true Green Goblin versus the Amazing Spider-Man! And whoever walks away from this one still has to face… Harry Osborn?! Just what is HARRY up to?! Plus: ANTI-VENOM goes toe-to-toe with a classic villain from Spidey’s past! This one’s got it all (including more pages!), Spider-Fans, and when it’s over, your eyes are gonna need a vacation!

Click to enlarge these three preview images from Amazing Spider-Man #573.

Today, “Action Comics #870” hit stands, and brought with it tragedy for the Man of Steel.  The issue featured the 5th and final part of the current Brainiac story arc.

DC Comics’ official description of the issue: “Superman versus Brainiac with everything at stake! No longer content to simply eradicate Superman, Brainiac is now determined to destroy Earth like so many other planets he’s left in his wake. But Brainiac’s ship is full of many bottles, inside of which some surprise guest-stars lurk! And while hope may blossom on Brainiac’s ship, there’s one life even the Man of Steel can’t save.”

Click these panels from the new issue to enlarge:

Posted on October 8th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Today, “Supergirl” #34 hits the stands. The issue is a great jumping on point for new readers as DC Comics takes the girl of steel in a new direction and ties her firmly into the Superman titles.  The issue was written by Sterling Gates, with pencils by Jamal Igle and inking by Keith Champagne.  Check out these three preview images that DC released for the new issue.

Posted on October 1st, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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DC Comics\' Trinity 17

“Trinity #17”, from DC Comics, is written by Kurt Busiek with art from Mark Bagley. DC Comics’ official description for the issue: “Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman lead the heroes of the DCU against the machinations of their malevolent counterparts, resulting in a cataclysmic event that will change the world – but not like anyone involved expects. Plus, Hawkman and Gangbuster make their move to rescue Tarot, and Konvikt breaks loose.”

Check out these three preview pages released by DC Comics:

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Also coming out today is “Captain America #42” from Marvel comics.

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by admin | Leave a Comment
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Appaloosa by Ed Harris This weekend Ed Harris’ adaptation of “Appaloosa” hits theaters in limited release.  The western is based on a 2005 Robert B. Parker novel.

The film is centered around Virgil Cole (Harris), a lawman, and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen). Cole and Hitch are hired to defend a 1880s lawless town from a murderous rancher, Randall Bragg (Irons). Their efforts are disrupted and their friendship is tested by the arrival of Allie French (Zellweger), an attractive widow.

“Appaloosa” is one of many adaptations that are being released in the fall/early winder season. We’ll be seeing the film this weekend at the ArcLight Hollywood, which will also feature a Q and A with Ed Harris, the film’s director/star. Phasekitty will be writing a book to film comparison early next week.

Appaloosa Book CoverCurrently I’m plowing through the 2005 Robert B. Parker novel which inspired the Ed Harris western due out September 17th. So far, I’m bowled over by how much this book reads like a classic western. When I settle down with this novel, I feel like I’m being transported to Monument Valley and reliving a John Ford film. I was astounded to find that this book was written just 3 years ago and not 50. It’s refreshing to see that it’s not just modern films that are reinventing the western (such as last year’s excellent 3:10 to Yuma), but novels as well.

I try not to let what I know about the film influence me while I read, but even without watching the trailer it’s sometimes hard to do. I picture Ed Harris while I read about the stoic Virgil Cole, while Everett, who tells the story, continually brings to mind Viggo Mortensen’s face. The only cast member I have yet to place is Jeremy Irons as the villain Bragg. For some reason, I can’t get the image of Lee Marvin out of my head, though I know that’s just from watching too many Ford westerns.

I’m excited to see Harris back behind the camera again, though the last film he helmed was not without its flaws. Pollock was superbly acted, but the story was inconsistent. Here Harris has great source material with a straight forward narrative and a very visual style. I can’t wait to see how he translates it to the screen.

For a full list of fall/early winter film adaptations, click here.

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